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Arts events July 5-12

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Oedipus at Palm Springs @ Gateway Theatre Thu 12
Oedipus at Palm Springs @ Gateway Theatre Thu 12  


The Art of Rube Goldberg @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Art work and ephemera by the creative contraption illustrator and comic artist, thru July 8. Also, Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists, a new group exhibit of works by 16 artists who explore the idea of the "machines," including ceramics, drawings, sculpture and paintings by Ned Kahn, Bella Feldman, Howard Fried, and Annabeth Rosen; thru July 29. And, In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art-Allison Smith and Christina Zetterlund, thru July 3. 736 Mission St.

Baloney @ Oasis
The fun, sexy, hilarious (and occasionally disturbing) gay male burleque strip show returns with all-new acts, and some new hunks; choreography by Rory David and MC Michael Phillis. $27.50-$60. 7pm. Also July 6 & 7. 298 11th St.

Castro Art Walk @ Castro Venues
Monthly (1st Thursdays) strolling events at participating bars and galleries, with artist exhibits and mini-chats, including Dog Eared Books, Blackbird Bar, Spark Arts and more. 6pm-9pm.

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden
The festive annual series of informal and programmed outdoor concerts on a dozen pianos set in scenic locations around the Garden includes scheduled concerts and 'open piano' performances each day, plus gala nighttime fundraiser parties ($45). Free daytime entry for SF residents; otherwise $2-$8. Thru July 16. Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave.

Flower Piano @ SF Botanical Garden Thu 5  

The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Victoria Theatre
Bay Area Musicals' new production of the Disney Menken/Schwartz/Parnell Broadway musical based on the novel. Previews. $35-$65. Thu-Sun 7:30pm, 8pm, 2pm. Thru Aug. 5. 2961 16th St.

In Braunau @ Strand Theater
World premiere of Dipika Guha's nuanced dark comedy about an American couple who turn Hitler's Austrian home into a bed & breakfast. $30. Thru July 7. 1127 Market St.

Michelle Meow Show @ Commonwealth Club
Meow and cohost John Zipperer discuss LGBT issues with different guests. Weekly, 12pm. 110 Embarcadero.

San Francisco Mime Troupe @ Dolores Park
The acclaimed theatre company returns with Rotimi Agbabiaka, Joan Holden and composer Ira Marlowe's new political satire, Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical, where a disgruntled Trump voter goes back to the Socialist movement on 1912. Free ($20 donations). At parks and venues throughout Northern California, thru Sept. 9.

Soft Power @ Curran Theater
David Henry Huang and Jeanine Tesori's contemporary comic political satire and musical, about East-West relations and biases. $29-$165. Thru July 8. 445 Geary St.

Katie Morton @ Strut Fri 6  


Angels in America @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Tony Kushner's multiple award-winning two-part epic drama about the 1980s, AIDS and politics, returns to the Bay Area, with Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk), Stephen Spinella (Tony-winning original cast member) and Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen). Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika on separate dates, and a few double-header days; free events and talks, too. $40-$100. Tue-Sat 7pm. Most Wed, Thu Sat & Sun also 1pm. Thru July 22. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Art Murmur @ Oakland Galleries
Monthly First Friday night of artist exhibits, live music, food trucks, drinks and outdoor gatherings. 6pm-9pm. Downtown Oakland.

Comedy Fiesta @ Qube Bar & Grill
San Mateo's new LGBT bar hosts a comedy night with Jesus U. BettaWork, Justin Lucas and other talents. No cover; food and drinks available. 8:30pm. 4000 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo.

Katie Morton @ Strut
Opening reception for Hand to Hand, the artist's exhibit of paintings. 8pm-10pm. Thru July. 470 Castro St.

Mendocino Music Festival @ Multiple Venues
Enjoy multiple genres of music by dozens of musicians in 30+ concerts. $12-$55. Thru July 21. Preston Hall (44867 Main St.), Tent Concert Hall (45035 Main St.).

The Mushroom Cure @ The Marsh, Berkeley
Adam Strauss returns with his hit solo show about treating his OCD with hallucinogenic mushrooms. $20-$100. Fri 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. Extended thru July 7. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Older and Out @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Weekly group discussion about problems for elders in the LGBT community. 3:15pm. 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.

School of Rock @ Orpheum Theatre
Touring production of the Broadway musical adaptation of the Jack Black film about an eccentric music teacher, with songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. $80-$256. Thru July 22. 1192 Market St.

Straight White Men @ Marin Theatre Company
Young Jean Lee's serio-comic play about identity and privilege. $10-$37. Thu-Sat 7:30pm. Sat & Sun 2pm, 4pm. Thru July 15. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

That Summer @ Roxie Cinema
Goran Olsson's fascinating documentary of lost footage about Edith and Edie Beale of Grey Gardens fame, with celebrities of the era. $8-$11. 7pm. 3117 16th St.

White @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley
Shotgun Player's production of James Ijames' comic play about a white male artist, snubbed for arts funding, who hires a Black woman as his front. $8-$40. Thru Aug. 5. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Grease @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley Sat 7  


Art + Pride @ Harvey Milk Photo Center
Group exhibit of Pride-themed photography and mixed media dozens of by LGBT artists and photojournalists. Thru July 22. 50 Scott St.

Beach Blanket Babylon @ Club Fugazi
The musical comedy revue celebrates its 43th year with an ever-changing lineup of political and pop culture icons, all in gigantic wigs. $25-$160. Beer/wine served; cash only; 21+, except where noted. Wed-Fri 8pm. Sat 6pm & 9pm. Sun 2pm & 5pm. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). 421-4222.

Cult of the Machine @ de Young Museum
Precisionism and American Art, featuring works by Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Demuth and industrial objects of the era; thru Aug. 12. Also, modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Grease @ Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley
Berkeley Playhouse's student production of the 1950s-themed hit musical. $22-$40. Thru Aug. 5. 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ The Stage, San Jose
South Bay production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's Tony-winning hit trans rock musical. $30-$65. Wed & Thu 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru July 8. 490 South 1st St., San Jose.

Jason Brock @ Martuni's
The popular vocalist with a soulful voice performs two nights at the legendary martini bar. $25-$35. 7pm. Also July 8. 4 Valencia St.

LGBTQ Histories from the WWII Home Front
@ Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, Richmond

Park indoor exhibit that showcases the lives of historic LGBT people. Open daily 10am-5pm. 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, Richmond.

Live in the Castro @ Jane Warner Plaza
The outdoor entertainment series returns, with musicians and MC Donna Sachet. 12pm. Castro St at Market.

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden
Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Matt Costa @ Café du Nord
Acclaimed SoCal singer-songwriter performs music from his fifth album, Santa Rosa Fangs. Katie Toupin opens. $15-$18. 8pm. 2174 Market St.

Serge Gay, Jr. @ Strut
Opening reception for the exhibit of vibrant colorful works by the local artist. 8pm-10pm. Thru July. 470 Castro St.

Skate Night @ Church on 8 Wheels
Wheeled fun at the former Sacred Heart Church-turned disco roller skate party space, hosted by John D. Miles, the "Godfather of Skate," including Saturday's Black Rock night (Burning Man garb encouraged). 7pm-10pm. Sat afternoon sessions 1pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm. $10. Kids 12 and under $5. Skate rentals $5. 554 Fillmore St at Fell.

Various Exhibits @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond
Exhibits of art by visiting professionals, and art made by developmentally disabled people. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 551 23rd St. Richmond. (510) 620-0290.

Way Bay 2 @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley
Large group exhibit of 200+ works of art, film, performance and archival materials; thru Sept 2. Also, ongoing film series at the Pacific Film Archive. Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St. Berkeley.

Wild SF Walking Tours @ Citywide
Enjoy weekly informed tours of various parts of San Francisco, from Chinatown to the Haight, and a 'radical' and political-themed LGBT-inclusive tour. Various dates and times. $15-$25.

The World of Frida @ Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek Sun 8  


The Art and Science of Pinball @ Chabot Space & Science Museum, Alameda
New exhibit of 35 pinball machine, historic early versions, models, diagrams and demos. $5-$15. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

Gina Yashere @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
The smart British comic returns for a night of insight and laughs. $25-$30. 7pm. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

Truth and Beauty @ Legion of Honor
Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters, an exhibit of 100 Victorian works alongside six renaissance masterpieces that inspired them; thru Sept. 30. Also, Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life, a large installation by the post-modern artist. Thru Aug. 5. Also, Séraphin Soudbinine, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Framing the Body, Mummies and Medicine and other exhibits of classical and modern art. Free/$30. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sacred Heart Church
Weekly group freeform dance with a spiritual flavor at the former church-turned event space. $15. 9am-12pm. Also Wed. and Fridays in Oakland and Fairfax. 554 Fillmore St.

Little Miss Nasty @ Oasis
The L.A.-based women's rock music burlesque show scandalizes with saucy dance numbers. $20-$55. 7pm (4pm rooftop pre-party). 298 11th St.

Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane @ Walt Disney Family Museum
Exhibit of animation art by the prolific artist (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan). Thru Sept 3. Also, Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation (Bambi, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp), thru Jan. 7. Other exhibits of Disney artifacts and film screenings. 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio. $5-$25. 10am-6pm. Closed Tue.

Michael McDonald @ Rodney Strong Vineyards
The veteran soloist, and member of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, performs his hits and new music. $89-$129. 6pm. 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg.

OutLook Video @ Channel 29
The weekly LGBT TV show, with updates on current events. 9:30pm.

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley
Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

The World of Frida @ Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek
Opening reception and Frida-fest (fashion show, crafts, lookalike contest) for the group exhibit of works inspired by Frida Kahlo. $5-$10. 2pm-5pm. thru Sept 16. 1601 Civic drive, Walnut Creek.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences Mon  


Barbara Lewis: A Second Look @ Lost Art Salon
Exhibit of mixed media works by the prolific painter, photographer and print artist; with Gravel & Gold, a women's crafts collective. Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave.

Expedition Reef @ California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits and planetarium shows with various live, interactive and installed exhibits about animals, plants and the earth; Deep Reefs, Giants of Land and Sea, Gems and Minerals, and more. $20-$35. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 379-8000.

Looking Through the Lens @ Diane Wilsey Center for Opera
The Glory of San Francisco Opera, Past and Present, an exhibit of historic productions photos from the San Francisco Opera's many productions. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Veteran's Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Matthew Nance @ Commonwealth Club
The retired Intelligence officer and author discusses, with Quentin Hardy, his book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin's Spies Are Winning Control of America and Dismantling the West. $7-$20. 6:30pm. Taube Auditorium, 110 The Embarcadero.

Westward @ City Hall
Exhibit of large-scale photos by women photographers focusing on West Coast communities. Thru May 2019. North Light Court, Ground Floor, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery
Exhibit of classic plates in the new gallery of historic art by the 18th- and 19th-century poet and illustrator. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 49 Geary St. #205.

Serge Gay, Jr. @ Strut (Description under Sat 7)  

TUE 10

Community Meetings @ Strut
Meetings for harm reduction, cycling, book club and more, most weekdays.

Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum
New exhibit of sculptures and works about the Buddha, humans and their environments; thru July 29. Also, Pema Namdol Thaye's A Guided Tour of Hell (thru Sept. 16), Traces of the Past and Future, Fu Shen's painting and calligraphy, thru Sept., plus exhibits of sculpture and antiquities. Sunday café specialties from $7-$16. Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Formal Dimension @ Maybaum Gallery
Inaugural group exhibit of works. Artists' reception July 21, 6pm-8pm. Thru Aug. 31. 49 Geary St. #416.

Gwenaël Rattke @ Romer Young Gallery
The Berlin artist's multimedia art exhibit. Thru July 21. 1240 22nd St.

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books
Authors Andrew Demcak, Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Trebor Healey, Kathleen Knowles, and Eric Sasson read at the LGBT night. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

René Magritte: The Fifth Season @ SF MOMA
New exhibit of 70 artworks by the master Surrealist painter; thru Oct. 28. Also, Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood film series thru July 29. Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner, a captivating video installation (thru Sept. 16). Also, Nothing Stable under Heaven (thru Sept. 16) and Alexander Calder: Scaling Up (thru Aug. 19). Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. 151 3rd St.

Roy Scranton @ Commonwealth Club
The author of We're Doomed. Now What? discusses climate change and his Arctic visits. $7-$20. 6:30pm. Taube Auditorium, 110 The Embarcadero.

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center
Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops, including Bruthas Rising, trans men of color meetings, 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Film screenings, 4th Saturdays, 7:30pm. Game nights, Fridays 7:30pm-11pm. Vogue sessions, first Saturdays. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland.

Sunday in the Park With George @ SF Playhouse Wed 11  

WED 11

Alan Cumming @ Palace of Fine Arts
The Broadway and film actor (Tony winner, Emmy nominee) performs his solo music show, Legal Immigrant. $69-$115. 7pm. 3601 Lyon St. (presented by Feinstein's at the Nikko).

The Clyde Always Show @ The Marsh
The Bard of the Lower Haight's comic monologue solo show. $20-$100. Wed, 8pm thru Aug. 29. 1062 Valencia St.

Martin Machado: Fluid State @ SF Art Institute
Exhibit of works by the artist that visualize shipping containers traveling through the Bay; thru Aug. 19. Pier 2, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.

Respect: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom @ Oakland Museum
New exhibit that visualizes the movement and sound of the music genre, with many live events through the run, including Friday night parties and performances. Free-$16. Wed-Sun. Thru Aug. 12. 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

Sunday in the Park With George @ SF Playhouse
Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's fascinating musical about painter Georges Seurat and his sculptor grandson gets a local production. $20-$125. Tue-Thu & Sun 7pm. Fri & Sat 8pm. Also Sun 2pm. Thru Sept. 8. 450 Post St. 2nd floor, Kensington Park Hotel.

Trans Resistance is Beautiful @ SF LGBT Center
Group exhibit of original art from trans liberation activist-artists Micah Bazant, Chucha Marquez, Ethan X Parker, Art Twink, Amir Khadar, Rommy Sobrado-Torrico, Mojuicy, Edxie Betts, and others. Thru July 27. 1800 Market St.

Various Exhibits @ The Beat Museum
Enjoy exhibits, a bookstore and gift shop that celebrates the era of 'beatnik' literature (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, etc.), with frequent readings, walking tours and other events in North Beach. $5-$8. Daily 10am-7pm. 540 Broadway

The Weight Band @ Yoshi's Oakland
Members of The Band -Levon Helm and the Rick Danko Group- performs classics folk rock songs. $27-$49. 8pm. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

Ngaio Bealum at Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley Thu 12  

THU 12

Carlo Fantin, Sara Lish @ Mercury 20, Oakland
Duo exhibit of works by the artists who focus on political, sexual and personal themes. Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Thru July 28. 475 25th St, Oakland.

Comedy @ Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Ngaio Bealum, Francesca Fiorentini, Victor Pacheco, and Lisa Geduldig perform at a benefit for RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. $15-$100. 8pm. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

Empowerment in Print @ GLBT History Museum
Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust, a mini-exhibit of periodicals from the collection. Angela Davis: OUTspoken, a new exhibit of art and ephemera about the historic lesbian activist and scholar, and
Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St.

Film Screenings @ BAM/PFA
Artistic and award-winning films, including documentaries about artists; ongoing. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Levonia Jenkins @ Oasis
Gender Fluids with Martha T. Lipton, Brooklyn's bearded drag performer Greg Scarnici's offbeat comedy song-parody show. $20. 8pm. 298 11th St.

Oedipus at Palm Springs @ Gateway Theatre
Theatre Rhinoceros' production of The Five Lesbian Brothers' dark comedy about two vacationing couples. $20. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 3pm. Thru July 22. 215 Jackson St at Battery.

Sara Gazarek @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
The accomplished jazz vocalist performs a concert of her own songs, with accompanist Peter Eldridge. $19-$45. 8pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Ten Percent @ Comcast
David Perry's online and cable interviews with notable local and visiting LGBT people, broadcast through the week. Wed 7pm, Thu-Tue 11:30am & 10:30pm.

Yarn: Storytelling with Heather Gold and Friends @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
The erudite comic hosts a night of storytelling, with Cintra Wilson, Betsy Salkind (who was a writer on Roseanne), Virgie Tovar, and Julia Jackson. $15. 7pm. 736 Mission St.

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